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Leon Draisaitl lifts Oilers in overtime

Completes three-point game with goal at 1:50 against Devils

by Derek Van Diest / Correspondent

EDMONTON -- Leon Draisaitl scored 1:50 into overtime to give the Edmonton Oilers a 3-2 win against the New Jersey Devils at Rogers Place on Thursday.

Draisaitl, who had two assists, took a pass from Connor McDavid on a 2-on-1 and shot past Devils goaltender Cory Schneider. 


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Andrej Sekera and Patrick Maroon scored for the Oilers (22-15-7), and Cam Talbot made 17 saves.

"With [McDavid] you always have to be ready, he can make things happen out of nothing," Draisaitl said. "What a nice pass. It was pretty easy to tap that one in."

Devils forward Taylor Hall had an assist in his first game in Edmonton since being traded to New Jersey for defenseman Adam Larsson on June 29.

Travis Zajac and Steven Santini scored for New Jersey (16-18-9), and Schneider made 31 saves.

"On a personal level, I'm glad to have these games out of the way [against Edmonton]," Hall said. "Not in the sense that I was dreading them, but just it's a lot to take. All in all, I had a fun night."

Video: NJD@EDM: Santini deflects home first NHL goal

The Oilers defeated the Devils 2-1 in overtime Saturday in New Jersey.

On Thursday, Zajac gave the Devils a 1-0 lead at 18:06 of the first period after Kyle Palmieri spun away from Draisaitl and sent the puck across the crease. 

Sekera tied the game 1-1 16 seconds into the second period. 

Santini scored his first NHL goal with 50.5 seconds left in the period to give New Jersey a 2-1 lead. The goal was originally awarded to Hall, who took the shot from just inside the blue line that bounced in off Santini at the side of the net. 

"In the first period we managed the puck and we were hard on the puck and played more in the offensive zone," Devils coach John Hynes said. "I think we gave up one odd-man rush in the first period, and in the second period we turned some pucks over, particularly on their first goal, and I think they got a little bit of momentum. I thought in the third period we did a little bit better job."

Video: NJD@EDM: Maroon jams home tough goal in front

Maroon tied the game 2-2 at 12:36 of the third period, jamming a loose puck underneath Schneider. 

"It's one of those games where we kept grinding and grinding, we didn't give up, but we had to go after their goalie. We did and we finally got that dirty one that we wanted and that's a huge two points," Maroon said. "Everyone is winning right now and we have to keep finding ways to find big wins, and we did it tonight."

McDavid and Draisaitl capitalized on a poor line change to break out on an odd-man rush, which led to the winning goal. 

"They are a scrappy group," McDavid said. "Tonight it looked like they were going to come away with it, but we were able to find a late goal, which was nice, and overtime was good for us."

Goal of the game

Sekera took a pass from Draisaitl coming in off the point and shot between Schneider's pads

Video: NJD@EDM: Sekera buries shot past Schneider


Save of the game 

Maroon had an excellent chance to score the go-ahead goal with 4:05 remaining in the third period after a giveaway by Devils defenseman Jon Merrill but was stopped by Schneider.


Unsung performance of the game

Hall chased down McDavid on a 2-on-1 and knocked the puck off his stick with 5:01 left in the second period. 

Highlight of the game

On the overtime goal, McDavid skated in on the left, held the puck until Merrill committed and slid a pass to Draisaitl, who swept it past Schneider.

Video: NJD@EDM: Draisaitl buries McDavid's feed in overtime


They said it

"I feel we sit back on leads sometimes and that's not the way to go, especially against a team like that. There's a way to sit on leads, there's a smart way, and we didn't do that. It's definitely tough to take." -- Devils forward Taylor Hall

Video: NJD@EDM: Oilers welcome back Taylor Hall 

"I thought we started well. It was a little misleading at times playing against them, we were in their end a fair amount again but we need to do a better job of attacking the net, getting those dirty and greasy goals that Patty Maroon did for the second one." -- Oilers coach Todd McLellan 

"That's two games in a row against them where we've had a third-period lead and lost in overtime. You have to give them credit, they're a dynamic offensive team." -- Devils goaltender Cory Schneider 

Need to know

McDavid, with two assists, is the first player in the NHL with 50 points this season. ... Maroon leads the Oilers with 17 goals but has one on the power play. … Oilers forward Jordan Eberle has not scored in 16 games. ... Talbot has 21 wins, matching his NHL high set the past two seasons.

What's next

Devils: At the Calgary Flames on Friday (9 p.m. ET; SNW, MSG+2, NHL.TV)
Oilers: Host the Calgary Flames on Saturday (10 p.m. ET; CBC, NHL.TV)


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